Smoked Paprika Jackfruit Stew

Hosting a vegetarian dinner party? This stew with a dumpling topping is the perfect main. When slow-cooked, jackfruit has the ability to mimic shredded meat
Smoked Paprika Jackfruit Stew
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Smoked Paprika Jackfruit Stew
July 15, 2020
Preparation Time 50 minutes
Cooking Time 3½ hours
Serves 6-8
PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra & Cassandra Upton


1-2 tbsp spinneysFOOD Mediterranean Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for frying
2 leeks, chopped and rinsed
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 x 400g tins spinneysFOOD Chopped Tomatoes
3 sprigs spinneysFOOD Fresh Thyme
460g jackfruit
spinneysFOOD Salt, to taste
spinneysFOOD Black Peppercorns, freshly ground, to taste
500ml vegetable stock

For the dumplings

225g cake flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp spinneysFOOD Fine Paprika
170g instant polenta
250ml almond or soya milk
125ml vegan margarine, melted
spinneysFOOD Salt, to taste
spinneysFOOD Black Peppercorns, freshly ground, to taste
100g frozen sweetcorn
50g spinneysFOOD Fresh Coriander, chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped


  • 1

    For the stew, heat a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and add enough olive oil to cover the base. Sauté the leeks, red pepper and garlic until softened – approx. 3 minutes.

  • 2

    Add the paprika, sugar, tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, thyme, jackfruit, seasoning and stock. Simmer for 45-50 minutes or until thick and reduced. Use a fork to shred the jackfruit and mix well into the sauce.

  • 3

    For the dumplings, preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the flour, baking powder, paprika, polenta, milk, margarine, seasoning, frozen sweetcorn, coriander and chilli in a bowl and mix to combine – do not overmix.

  • 4

    Once the jackfruit stew is cooked, dollop large spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture on top of the stew and bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven until the dumplings are golden brown – about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.


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